So I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2001-2002. Lots of body pain, muscle pain, significant fatigue, exacerbation by stress, exhaustion, feeling like I constantly had the flu, flare-ups after exercise and travel, mental fog, inability to track conversations, memory loss, muscle pains, and so on. Several years ago I tried to give up wheat and found some relief with that. Since then I have benefited from eating more meat and more fat. I then started believing in the low-fat craze. I put on a lot of weight also and started feeling really bad. I also developed Metabolic syndrome. I again gave up grains for the most part, lost some weight, and started feeling better. But I would still eat grains on the weekend as a treat. For the last few months, I have given up wheat completely as well as other grains. I do eat corn tacos occasionally as well as rice rarely. I have found that regular consumption of rice leaves me feeling exhausted. I used to take antidepressants but have stopped those. My FMS sx have been much better but I still have mental fog, get tired easily especially when I travel- I usually need a week to recover, have difficulty tracking long detailed conversations or journal articles (which I need to do for work), and can't deal with too much mental stimulation such as loud music etc. My sleep has been also been bad. Its hard to fall asleep and stay asleep which makes me tired and exacerbates the mental fog. While some things have gotten better over the years, I have to lead a pretty restricted life and maintain a lot of consistency- anytime I deviate from my routine, I have to pay the price. I think Jim refers to this as the tunnel- where your vision narrows completely and you restrict your life.
Anyhow, I have been lurking for quite some time now and thought I should post. The weblogs have been really helpful. I started the CAP protocol 11/15/2010. It's been interesting in terms of the side effects. I feel like I have more energy and feel more clear mentally but also get angry really easily. Sleep has been weird too. I have been doing reasonably well on it since the last Flagyl pulse. That led to a lot of diarrhea for several days and I had to stop all the antibiotics. I restarted several days ago but have diarrhea again and nausea. I've been taking probiotics and being careful about what I am eating. I don't know what else to do about this.